Michael D Karos Jr John H Kirk Janet R Meyer Patsy A Clark Dorothy J Schroeder Broncos trample the G-Men, 73-40 Rockets down the Devils, 59-55 Seven new inductees to enter WBHS Sports Hall of Fame Lady Warriors ascend to 13-1 Broncos finish 2nd of 22 teams in Hammer and Anvil Invitational Hedwig Lambert Billie G Walkup Some county offices may be moved G’town Council approves 2017 budget Family doubles in size with adoption Sardinia Mayor looks forward to 2017 2017 Fayetteville Firemen’s Festival set Floyd Newberry Jr Donna F Lang Gene Warren Dwight L Fulton Virginia A O’Neil Anne L Durbin-Thomas Marietta Dunn Charles L Latchford Broncos win ‘Battle of 32’ Lady Broncos claim win over Bethel-Tate Jays top Warriors, fall to Mustangs Lady Warriors claim top spot in SHAC with win over Lynchburg-Clay Broncos buck the Lions, 54-51 James N DeHaas Questions still linger in Stuart explosion New direction for Brittany Stykes case New public safety director now on duty in Brown Co. Fayetteville Mayor anticipates a good year for the village Chamber of Commerce announces awardees Robert Bechdolt Carl E Lindsey Audrey F Maher LeJeune Howser Tammy L Connor Henry C Mayhall Jr Chad Spilker Frank W Kemmeter Jr Wanda J Howard Dorothy Huff Colon C Malott Eastern varsity teams come out on top to capture Brown County Holiday Classic crowns WBHS Army JROTC hosts rifle shooting competition Bronco varsity wrestling team unbeaten at 8-0 Blue Jays finish 1-1 in Ripley Pepsi Classic Mona G Van Vooren Hiram Beardsworth Avery W McCleese Ethel E Long Children learn safety from ‘Officer Phil’ Microchips can help locate lost pets Local GOP plans trip to Washington Three sentenced in common pleas Estel Earhart Roy Stewart Tenacious ‘D’ leads Lady Jays to victory over Blanchester on day one of Ripley Pepsi Classic Fayetteville’s Thompson, Jester earn SWOFCA All-City honors Jays fall to Blanchester on first day of Pepsi Classic Ticket details announced for OHSAA basketball and wrestling state tournaments Jerri K McKenzie Randy D Vaughn Georgetown JR/SR high to have new library Georgetown saw many improvements in 2016 Three sentenced in common pleas court Esther O Brown G-Men go on scoring rampage for 77-41 win over Cardinals Warriors climb to 4-2 with wins over West Union, Lynchburg Rockets top Whiteoak for first win Shirley M Bray Carter Lumber closes in G’town Wenstrup looks forward to 2017 Seven indicted by county grand jury John Ruthven holds pre-Christmas Open House New pet boarding facility now open in Georgetown Denver W Emmons Carl W Liebig Mary L McKinley Blake C Roush Louis A Koewler William D Cornetet Western Brown dedicates Perry Ogden Court Lady Warrior win streak hits 5 Lady Rockets wrap up tough week on the hardwood Barons rally for win over Broncos Georgetown to hire two paid Firefighter/EMT’s Noble receives statewide law enforcement award County helps family in need after house fire Flashing signs banned in G’town historic district ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ at Gaslight Thelma L Ernst Roy L Bruce Ken Leimberger Cathye J Bunthoff Lending a holiday helping hand

Broncos rally past Eastern

Every school who gets to host the Brown County Holiday Tournament wants to put a good show on for their fans. The Western Brown Broncos should consider that mission accomplished.

The team rallied from a 25-12 halftime deficit to knock the Eastern Brown Warriors into the consolation bracket, riding a 27-point outburst in the fourth quarter to a 54-40 victory Tuesday night.

It didn’t appear that the Broncos would send their fans home happy early. The Broncos got three points in the first half from Brandon Butler, but the rest of the team scored just six total. Eastern, meanwhile, saw Nick Kelch put up six points in the first eight minutes of the contest while Marcus Day chipped in five.

The second quarter was more of a balanced attack for the Warriors, as Blake Rigdon scored four points and Charles Bellamy, Day and Mickey Hundley all each added at least two points. Western Brown scored just three points in the quarter, one on a free-throw by Hunter O’hara and another on a bucket by Logan Nickell.

Part of Western Brown’s problem in the first half could be Chaiten Tomlin’s foul trouble. He picked up two fouls in the first half and did not play majority of the second quarter. Western Brown head coach Greg Foster pointed the finger in a different direction.

“In the first half, we didn’t come out ready to play apparently,” Foster said. “We talked about it before the game. We had two or three good practices before and we were just a completely different team in the first half than what we were at practice. We talked about it a little bit in the locker room and turned the switch on there in the second half.”

They didn’t just turn the switch on, they ripped it off the wall and lit it on fire. Tomlin came back into the game and hit three three-point shots. While he worked the perimeter, O’hara scored six points on the interior for Western Brown, who out-scored Eastern 15-6 in the third.

That set up a fourth quarter that early on looked like it was going to be a battle. Eastern entered the quarter leading 31-27 but the Broncos quickly tied it when Brandon Butler hit a three-pointer at the 6:38 mark. He was fouled and hit the shot to tie the game at 31.

Hundley answered for Eastern, drilling a three-pointer to put the Warriors up 34-31. Nickell answered with a triple of his own at the 5:25 mark and less than 30 seconds later Tomlin soared through the air for a lay-up and with the ensuing foul the Broncos took a 37-34 lead.

Bellamy wouldn’t let the Warriors go away that easily, or so everyone thought. His three-pointer tied the game with 3:15 remaining. The problem is Eastern didn’t score a point after that, while Western Brown went on a 14-0 run to close out their victory.

The Broncos out-scored the Warriors 42-17 in the second half, thanks in large part to the team buying in on defense and executing. Foster said that’s a strong part of his team.

“That’s something that we pride ourselves on,” Foster said. “I always tell them if everybody isn’t doing it, it’s not going to work.”

Tomlin led Western Brown with 24 points, 22 of which came in the second half. O’hara finished with 11, which earned him a special mention from Foster.

“Hunter played exceptionally well,” Foster said. “He had 11 points, which is big for him. He had a lot of big rebounds defensively.”

Bellamy and Day led the Warriors with nine points each. Blake Rigdon and Nick Kelch added eight apiece for the Warriors. Western Brown advances to the championship bout against Fayetteville Wednesday night, and Foster knows the team will have a battle on their hands.

“We have to come out and play out of the gate,” Foster said. “I know they’re going to be physical with us, they always are. They try to match our physicality and the way we play. Tonight we kind of fell into Eastern’s lap and in the second half we started to take the reigns. Tomorrow we have to play our game.”

For complete results of the 2015 Brown County Holiday Tournament, check out the Jan. 3, 2016 edition of the News Democrat.

Eastern’s Blake Rigdon attempts to guard Western Brown’s Chaiten Tomlin in the first half of the game Tuesday night.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_8798.jpgEastern’s Blake Rigdon attempts to guard Western Brown’s Chaiten Tomlin in the first half of the game Tuesday night.

Senior Chaiten Tomlin scores two of his 24 points for the Broncos Tuesday night in the Brown County Holiday Classic.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_DSC_8829.jpgSenior Chaiten Tomlin scores two of his 24 points for the Broncos Tuesday night in the Brown County Holiday Classic.

By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

Western Brown 54, Eastern 40

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Total

Eastern

14

11

6

9

40

Western Brown

9

3

15

27

54

Eastern – Bellamy 3 0 9, Day 4 0 9, Hundley 1 5 8, Kelch 3 0 6, Rigdon 3 2 8

Western Brown – Wolfe 1 0 2, Butler 2 4 9, O’hara 4 3 11, Fischer 1 0 2, Nickell 2 1 6, Tomlin 7 7 24

Halftime: Eastern 25, Western Brown 12

Three-pointers: Eastern 5 (Bellamy 3, Day, Hundley), Western Brown 5 (Tomlin 3, Butler, Nickell)

Reach Garth Shanklin at 937-378-6161 or follow him on Twitter @GNDShanklin.

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